High Commissioner of India Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla travels by ‘Bandhan Express’. High Commissioner of India Shri Harsh Vardhan Shringla travelled today in the inaugural commercial run of the Khulna to Kolkata ‘Bandhan Express’. Several dignitaries, including Hon’ble Members of Parliament of Bangladesh, Mr. Ranajit Kumar Roy (Jessore-4) and Mr. Shwapan Bhattacharjee (Jessore-5), Mr. Khairul Alam, General Manager (West), Bangladesh Railways and Mr. Ashim Kumar Biswas, Divisional Railway Manager, Pakshi were also present.
The ‘Bandhan Express’ was formally dedicated to the people of India and Bangladesh by the Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina and Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms. Mamata Banerjee through video conference on 9 November 2017.
The commencement of the ‘Bandhan Express’ will restore another pre-1965 rail link between the two friendly countries after a gap of 52 years- the Barisal Express used to run from Sealdah to Khulna till 1965. It is another step towards the realization of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s vision of restoration of rail connectivity to pre-1965.
The ‘Bandhan Express’ will be a weekly service (Thursday). It will start from Kolkata Terminal (13129 Up) at 0710 hrs (IST) and reach Khulna at 1200 hrs (BST). On its return trip (13130 Down), it will depart from Khulna at 1320 hrs (BST) and reach Kolkata Terminal at 1810 hrs (IST).
The Bandhan Express is totally air conditioned with a total capacity of 312 AC Chair Car Seats and 144 AC First Class Cabin Berths. The fare for the train is USD 10 for AC Chair Car and USD 15 for AC Seats.
In order to avoid inconvenience to passengers and reduce en-route journey time, the customs and immigration formalities on the Indian side will be completed at the International Rail Passenger Terminus at Chitpur, Kolkata.
The ‘Bandhan Express’ is symbolic of the friendship and trust between the two countries and will further enhance the excellent people-to-people contacts between India and Bangladesh.